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Mad as the Mist and Snow: Exploring Oregon Through Its Cemeteries

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Mad as the Mist and Snow is a traveler's guide to Oregon's most celebrated and unique cemeteries. Organized into 18 regions and including detailed driving directions, this book profiles more than 200 cemeteries, including such legendary cemeteries as Lone Fir, Jacksonville, and Willamette National. Much more than a travel guide, this book illustrates how cemeteries have ev ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published September 7th 2011 by Ashland Creek Press
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John Orman
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book for those of us fascinated by the old and the dead who "live" on in Oregon cemeteries.Mathiesen maintains a flickr site with 14000 cemetery photos, many of them geo-located.
He describes a cemetery as a "stone forest where magical beings and amazing stories live," and he tells some of those stories here.
The sections include explorations, epitaphs in 11 themes, best cemeteries in 14 categories, and profiles of over 200 Oregon cemeteries.
I liked these quoted epitaphs:

"This wa
Kay Carman
My husband and I have enjoyed walking the peaceful rows of many an old cemetery, and this book gave us information on lots more in Oregon that sound worth a visit. Plus we're on the lookout for the best place to be buried and this gave us ideas of places to check out.

The most interesting part of the book is the section on Woodmen of the World faux stump headstones. The author reports that as far as he can tell, each stone is unique. Not long after reading this chapter, I was in Canyon Hill Cemet
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cemetery-books
I was looking for a book about the cemeteries of Oregon in advance of a trip. This is a strange hodgepodge of a book, varying from the author's unusual and intriguing thoughts on cemeteries and fraternal organizations to pages and pages of epitaphs to a fun and opinionated section on the "best" cemeteries of Oregon.

The guide to the Oregon cemeteries takes up the last 150 pages of the book. It doesn't give much history of each graveyard, rarely includes photos, and says very little about historic
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a family historian with a special interest in Oregon history I found this book very interesting. I, too, have spent a lot of time in cemeteries, and through this book now feel as if I have visited many more. The author's love of history and of the state and beauty of Oregon is evident on every page. The author also has a website with hundreds of photos from the cemeteries he talks about in the book.
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